- The ambition of Olagunsoye Oyinlola to serve as the next deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party may have been rejected
- According to reports, PDP governors have resolved to back Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja as their candidate
- The third contender, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, has been disqualified from contesting for taking the party to court in the past
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors may have rejected the ambition of former Osun state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola to serve as the next deputy national chairman (South) of the opposition party, it was learnt yesterday.
The governors have resolved to back the National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Alhaji Taofeek Arapaja, who is eyeing the slot, a source said.
Despite the governors’ endorsement of Arapaja, Oyinlola has not indicated that he would withdraw from the race.
The third contender, Prof. Adewale Oladipo, has been disqualified from contesting for taking the party to court in the past.
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The Deputy National Chairman (South) has been micro-zoned to the Southwest, which only produced the lone PDP governor, Seyi Makinde, during the 2019 elections.
The calculation is that since PDP is likely to pick its 2023 presidential candidate from the North, whoever emerges as the national chairman at the national convention is expected to step down in the spirit of equity and balance.
If he steps down, the Deputy National Chairman (South) may automatically succeed him as national chairman.
I will step down as chairman if north produces presidential candidate - Ayu
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the north's consensus candidate for the national chairmanship seat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr Iyorchia Ayu, has hinted at the possibility of a northerner emerging as the party's presidential candidate in 2023.
Asked if he will give up his seat to ensure geopolitical balancing if the PDP still picks its 2023 presidential candidate from the north, he said the party has agreed that party positions are not tied to executive and legislative positions.
Ayu said this in an exclusive interview aired by Arise News TV on Friday, October 15.
The former Senate president was picked as the north's consensus candidate after the PDP zoned the seat to the region. The PDP chairman nominee, however, said he would not hesitate to step down from the seat if the party asked him to do so after the possible emergence of a presidential candidate from the north.